“We Want To Bat For 100 Overs” – Windies captain Brathwaite sets batters target for lively Perth track

Australian Cricket Team is all set to lock horns against West Indies for the 1st Test Match on 30th November (Wednesday). This Test Series is expected to be a riveting contest as both the teams have got express pace bowling attacks that can dismantle the opponent on the given day.

West Indies would be aiming to spoil the party of Australia as West Indies doesn’t have a realistic chance of making it to the Final of the World Test Championship 2021-23.

Australia is placed at the top of the table with a 70 percentile whereas West Indies is at the 5th position with a percentile of 51.85.

The surface at the Optus Stadium has always been known to assist fast bowlers but West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite believes his batting unit has what it takes to survive 100 overs on this pitch.

“We want to bat for 100 overs, the main focus is to have discipline. We have batsmen that can get on with it, so it’s not to stop them. It’s for them to do the processes throughout the entire innings. It’s not to change anyone’s game.” said Brathwaite ahead of the first Test against Australia, starting on Wednesday (Nov 30).

“I think (batting) time is always great to have in Test cricket… to believe they can do it. We know Australia is a superior team. We have to play ten days of hard cricket, that’s our main focus.”

“As a team, we want to do well for the Caribbean, and want youngsters to play Test cricket for West Indies. Obviously, we were great in the past, and we use it as motivation to get to that level,” he added.

All eyes would be on Tagenarine Chanderpaul who is all set to make his debut. The left-handed batter has shown a lot of promise in the domestic circuit and is expected to be the next big thing in World Cricket.

“He will do extremely well at this higher level. He has a lot of patience, and a good defence. He was an example for us in the first game, and we take a leaf out of his book for the series. I think Tag will do a fantastic job, and let’s hope he can do even greater things than his father.”

Brathwaite said his team wants to make a mark in red-ball cricket and play more Tests against a side like Australia. The two teams have played only five Tests since 2015, with the last coming in January 2016.

“We know Test cricket is real cricket. As a team, we want to do well for the Caribbean, and want youngsters to play Test cricket for West Indies. Obviously we were great in the past, and we use it as motivation to get to that level. If we stick together as a group, we can improve and get to those great levels,” Brathwaite said.

“We play England quite often… once we play more (against Australia) often, I think it would be much better. Playing Australia quite often would be good for us to challenge ourselves against one of the best teams in the world. We are aiming to get back to that standard, but this trophy still means a lot to us.”

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